The Real You by RM Alexander
Only You Series, Book 1
Published: September 24, 2015
Published by: RM Alexander
Paige Reed heads to a location shoot in Detroit where an A-list actor is filming the next big blockbuster. But it's the man in the background she can't take her eyes off. Throwing caution to the wind, Paige is captivated by Kellen Richards and the slow burning romance which emerges. But when Kellen asks her to move to L.A several months later, she quits her job, only to find the consequences could be deadly.
With his life built around Hollywood, Kellen Richards expects the masks people wear and is drawn to what-you-see-is-what-you-get Paige Reed. But wealth and fame come with a heavy price tag. Kellen finds he has to keep Paige safe, a task that won't be easy.
With everything stacked against them, can Paige and Kellen come out the other side together, or will the danger lurking within two separate worlds drive them apart?
Paige sat on a simple stool in front of the breakfast bar and stared hard at the official document. After months of waiting, the finality felt ... foreign. She waved the paper and flipped it over once, then twice.
It was actually real.
Paige scanned the small living room inside the two-bedroom apartment she moved into six months earlier. Most of the belongings from the marriage remained with her ex. Possessions meant far less than dignity. The unwanted memories attached to beds and couches held no attraction. Now, the fresh and new dressed the space she called home - a small, plain loveseat, television with stand, a coffee table. The minimal furnishings were enough.
She looked at the document. Ten years of marriage, over. Just like that. Only not really 'just like that'. The tally spanned years of battles and pain and tears followed by months of going back and forth with attorneys while enduring angry phone calls in the middle of the night. The marriage culminated to a single moment in front of a judge.
All of it ended with two simple questions and a final decree.
Paige gazed across the room out the glass balcony door to a drizzling southeastern Michigan afternoon. Her fingers combed through strawberry strands of hair, braided a few strands together, unbraided them, and tousled the hair once more. Thoughts stalled, her heart numb. The hurt she'd felt for so long was gone, replaced with an odd vacancy. Where was the mourning, the emptiness, she'd heard accompanied divorce?
Maybe there was something wrong with her.
With trembling fingers, Paige picked up the phone and dialed the one person who would understand.
Her sister answered on the first ring. “How’d it go?”
“It’s official, Lil." Her gaze fell on the paper. "I’m divorced.”
A long, careful pause. “How’s it feel?”
Paige chuckled. “I wasn't sure. Not until you asked. But, actually, it feels pretty darn good. Like the weight of the world is off my shoulders.”
“Then why the crackling voice?”
She drew in a steadying breath and reread the legal jargon overstating a simple notion.
The absolution of marriage between Paige Timmerman and Drew Timmerman.
The absolution. Paige rested both elbows on the counter and closed her eyes. “It's…strange.” She laughed. “I think I’m exhausted.”
“You know what you need? A break. Something wild and crazy and fun.”
“I’m thirty-six years old, I don’t know wild and crazy anymore." She straightened, finger tracing a circle on the counter. "Not altogether familiar with fun these days, either.”
“That’s exactly what I’m talking about. You need fun. No stress, a little silliness, all with a fantastic sister.”
“And who would that be?”
Lil laughed in a melodic tone. “Very funny. I heard the filming for that new Grey Richards movie is happening in Detroit. Let’s go down there, see if we can get a glimpse of Mr. Richards.”
Meet RM Alexander~
RM Alexander is an author of clean suspenseful contemporary and paranormal romances. With driven characters who suffer the worst kinds of betrayals, RM's novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns. When she's not writing, RM spends time with her husband and two children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and is addicted to orange juice and Ghiradelli chocolate. She is often found on Twitter and Facebook chatting with other authors and readers.
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